Shanlin Pan

Shanlin Pan



  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin, 2006-2008
  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Rochester, 2006
  • BS, Chemistry, Lanzhou University, 1998

Research Areas

  • Electrochemistry
  • Clean energy storage and harvesting
  • Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Nanostructured metal and semiconductor electrode materials


Our research efforts primarily focus on developing and applying electrochemistry and optical spectroscopy techniques for clean energy harvesting, conversion, and storage. The group is currently developing well-defined functional electrode materials of metallic nanocrystals with synergistic functions, inorganic/conjugated polymer and small organic molecule semiconductor nanostructures. We are particularly interested in understanding electronic structure-function relationships and surface chemistry of these materials by measuring their electrochemical and optical properties, such as photoelectrochemistry, electrogenerated chemiluminescence, and catalytic activities for chemical fuel transformation that are closely relevant to electrochemical devices (e.g., solar cells, fuel cells, hydrogen electrolyser, memories, light-emitting diodes, and electrochemical sensors). We are also interested in developing single particle spectroelectrochemistry techniques for help understand structure-function relationships of nanostructures and single redox molecules with improved spatial and spectral and temporal resolutions. More recently published work from our group shows interesting surface enhancement of solar water splitting and photocurrent switching characteristics of metal oxide electrode functionalized with plasmonic nanostructures. These studies would greatly help develop next-generation optoelectronics. Students involved in these highly interdisciplinary projects will interact with faculties and students in various research areas from optics and electrochemistry to material science at the University of Alabama and other institutions across the country. Students will receive excellent training in various kinds of nanofabrication and surface characterization tools in addition to learning advanced electrochemistry and optical spectroscopy techniques.

Selected Publications

Pan, Shanlin, “Surface Enhanced Visible Light Photocurrent and Switching Behavior of Metal Oxide Semiconductor Electrodes Modified with Plasmonic Nanoparticles”, ECS Trans. 2017,77(11), 1559-1569. DOI: 1149/07711.1559ecst

Dyer, Elizabeth; Hitt, Jeremy; Shan, Zhichao; Pan, Shanlin, “High Surface Area OER or HER Catalysts on Ni Foam Framework for Efficient Water Electrolysis”, ECS Trans. 2017, 77, (9) 61-70. DOI: 1149/07709.0061ecst

Yengantiwar, Ashish; Palanivel, Soundarrajan; Panikar, Archana ; Ma, Yanxiao; Pan, Shanlin; Gupta, Arunava, “Direct Liquid Injection Chemical Vapor Deposition of Molybdenum Doped Bismuth Vanadate Photoelectrodes for Efficient Solar Water Splitting”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121(11) 5914-5924. DOI:1021/acs.jpcc.6b12710

Wang, Jue; Waters, Joseph; Kung, Patrick; Kim, Seongsin; Kelly, John; McNamara, Louis; Hammer, Nathan; Gupta, Arunava; Pan, Shanlin, “A Facile Electrochemical Reduction Method for Improving Photocatalytic Performance of α-Fe2O3Photoanode for Solar Water Splitting”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,2017, 9 (1), 381-390. DOI:1021/acsami.6b11057

Panikar, Archana Sathyaseelan; Shan, Zhichao; Pan, Shanlin; Gupta, Arunava “Photocatalytic Water Oxidation at Bismuth Vanadate Thin Film Electrodes Grown by Direct Liquid Injection Chemical Vapor Deposition Method International Journal of Hydrogen Energy”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42 (12) 8475-8485.

Wang, Jue; Gupta,  Arunava; Pan, Shanlin “A Facile Template-free Electrodeposition Method for Vertically Standing Nanorods on Conductive Substrates and Their Applications for Photoelectrochemical Catalysis”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2017, 42 (12) 8462-8474.

Kaneza , Nelly; Zhang, Jingtuo; Liu, Haiying; Panikar, Archana; Shan, Zhichao; Vasiliu, Monica; Polansky, Seth; Dixon, David; Adams, Rebecca; Schmehl, Russell; Gupta, Arunava; Pan, Shanlin “Electrochemical and Spectroscopic Properties of BODIPY-Thiophene-Triphenylamine Based Dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (17), 9068-9080. DOI:1021/acs.jpcc.6b01611

Shan, Zhichao; Archana, Panikar Sathyaseelan; Shen, Gang; Gupta, Arunava; Bakker, Martin; Pan, Shanlin, “NanoCOT: Low-Cost Nanostructured Electrode Containing Carbon, Oxygen, Titanium for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137(37), 11996-12005. DOI:1021/jacs.5b05367

Pan, Shanlin; Liu, Jia; Hill, Caleb, “The Observation of Local Redox Events at Individual Au Nanoparticles and Rapid Particle Sizing Using Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence Microscopy”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119(48), 27095-27103. DOI:1021/acs.jpcc.5b06829

Hill, Caleb; Bennett, Robert; Zhou, Chen; Street, Shane, Zheng, Jie; Pan, Shanlin, “Single Ag Nanoparticle Spectroelectrochemistry via Dark Field Scattering and Fluorescence Microscopies”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119 (12), 6760-6768. DOI: 1021/jp511637a